Andrew Lee Butters, a member of the “terror troika” of Time Magazine wrote an essay titled, Is Israel losing the media war in Gaza? Asking the question means, of course, that he believes the answer is “yes.”
But here’s a different question. Is the media losing the credibility war? Looking at poll numbers we see that a majority of Americans still support Israel by a ration of better than 3 to 1. The only political group that overall didn’t support Israel are Democrats, and they, as a group are predisposed to accept what they read in the MSM uncritically. Outside of Democrats, independents and Republicans, overall support Israel. So the MSM isn’t exactly winning lots of converts with its advocacy of Hamas.
Whether it’s the outright cheerleading for Hamas at Time magazine or the more subtle “Israel is right to defend its citizens but we wonder if it’s counterproductive” approach at the Washington Post, the idea that Israel should have to justify its self-defense is outrageous.
When you pretend that everything Israel does helps Hamas, condemn Israel for the lawful use of a weapon, accept dubious casualty figures unquestioningly, ignore or play down terrorists using mosques or UN buildings or Hamas looting an aid caravan, it’s no wonder that people think that an average Joe could do a better job of covering the story than you do.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad.